A tight event on the PGA Tour turned out to be a relatively stress-free victory for Billy Hurschel, who won the 2022 Memorial Championships at Muirfield Village by four strokes. With the leaderboard expanding and shrinking like a living being not only this weekend but also through the back nine on Sunday, the Florida producer was able to fend off Aaron Wise and Joaquin Neiman en route to his seventh career win on the PGA Tour and first in a stroke-playing event since 2017. .
Punctuated by a 15th-place vulture – Horschel’s first on 573 holes played in Muirfield Village – he was finally rewarded with his 35-year-old star form as he was one of the most underrated players of 2022. Upon arriving in Dublin, Ohio , with a runner-up finish this season, it was his poor performance in last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge that set a fire under Horschel – as if he needed it.
“We haven’t done that well for the past two weeks [go through his process]and fuchs [caddie Mark Fulcher] “I did a post-Colonial talk after we missed the cut last week,” said Horschel, who claimed $2.2 million for his Memorial win. We need to get back to what we’re doing best and if we do that it gives us the best chance of succeeding in every shot.”
He’s always been a player who thrives on momentum, but this victory is markedly different from the victory of the past. His 2014 FedEx Cup playoff run was the definition of doubling a solid start to another, and the same can be said of his win in the 2021 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Until last fall, Horschel reached the Tour Championship at number 29 in the standings, started 10 strokes behind Patrick Cantlay and set out to work his way up to ninth by the end of the week. Then he wasn’t selected for the Ryder Cup – he didn’t even get a call from Captain Steve Straker – and decided to play the BMW PGA Championship, the main event of the DP World Tour.
“I didn’t get that phone call,” Horschel said after his win at Wentworth. “I was a little upset. I was a little nervous.” “Give me a little fire in my butt or my ass, to be really nice of not showing anything, but you know, he gave me a little fire, not because I need it.”
So, maybe it’s not all momentum but rather a dash of extra motivation that is driving Horschel in these moments. Feeling humiliated, as if he’s not getting the attention he deserves, it proves sending him to victory more than once at this point. This is no longer a problem for the man who is expected to reach 11th place in the official golf rankings, surpassing the likes of Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama and Will Zalatoris.
Horschel has already moved up to number 10 in the FedEx Cup standings while securing exemptions for the 2023 Masters Tournament, Sentry Tournament of Champions, PGA Championship and Players Championship.
One shouldn’t be surprised if Horschel gets a call this fall for the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow where the US will look to reload and replace half of their potential Whistling Straits team. While that is certainly on top of Horschel’s goals for this year, the next line will likely read a massive championship win and his best chance in a long time, and it could happen in a couple of weeks. There’s motivation, there’s momentum, and there’s a real chance Horschel will be playing a factor in the US Open at The Country Club in two weeks’ time. Grade: A +
Here are the rest of our scores for the 2022 Memorial Championships:
T3. Joaquin Niemann (-7): Many will point to his double bogey in 4-par-4 as evidence that the green game still needs work, but I tend to disagree. Niemann managed to rebound with the sparrows in the next two slots, and after missing hits on approach in successive tournaments, his iron game came back to life. It was a disappointing finish as the 23-year-old came close to completing the Goat double by winning the Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus events. The young Chilean has all the skills in the world, and if there are any outstanding shares available, I will buy them at the opening bell tomorrow. Grade: A-
T5. Max Homa (-6): The final round was a “what if” for the four-time winner of the PGA Tour where Homa was flawless on 16 holes. Placing a pair of Stealth doubles on his back nine, it’s worth wondering how those behind him on the golf course would have reacted if they saw a 10 under post in the club. However, it was another great outing on a tough golf course for Homma, and he will now turn his attention to the US Open. Having finished tied for 13th in the PGA Championship, he may have finally made it to the majors because it was so annoying to him previously. Grade: A-
T5. Will Zlatoris (-6): I was disappointed in Charles Schwab’s inevitable challenge after losing a supplement to the PGA Championship. We’re going to let that lost cut slip as Zalatoris’ powerful shot returned at Muirfield Village and propelled him into fifth. All indications are that he continues to play strong in the major tournaments at The Country Club. The last time the US Open was held in the Northeast, he finished in a tie in sixth place on his first appearance in the tournament. Grade: B +
T10. John Ram (-4): The Final Round 69 pushed the Spaniard into the top ten in a way that would make even Rory McIlroy proud. Surprisingly, it wasn’t Ram’s short match that disappointed him, but rather his off-point performance as he said he’s been uncomfortable all week due to swings and sightlines. He hit just 29 of 56 passes and lost on-court hits off a tee for the first time on the PGA Tour since the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge — the first start of the COVID-19 restart. B degree
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